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Sabrina (Special Edition) [DVD] [1954]

Audrey Hepburn , Humphrey Bogart    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, William Holden, Walter Hampden, John Williams
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Sep 2009
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0029KQO4K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,095 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Audrey Hepburn is the delightful, young, eponymous Sabrina, the daughter of a chauffeur who is hopelessly in love with David Larrabee (William Holden), the playboy younger son in the rich Long Island household her father works for. In order to help her forget her woes, Sabrina is shipped off to cooking school in Paris. While there, she befriends a baron who provides a bit of culture--and the encouragement to snip off her childlike ponytail. Upon her return to New York, Sabrina is transformed into a sophisticated woman, and David is entranced by her. However, his older brother Linus (Humphrey Bogart) has arranged David's marriage to Elizabeth Tyson in order to seal a business merger and thus must steer David away from Sabrina. To do this, Linus takes on the task of wooing her for himself. Full of great dialogue ("A woman happy in love, she burns the soufflé; a woman unhappy in love, she forgets to turn on the oven") and wonderful performances, this film is a romantic masterpiece. Also enjoyable is the 1995 remake, starring Julia Ormond and Harrison Ford. --Jenny Brown

Product Description

Sabrina Fairchild (Audrey Hepburn) is the impressionable daughter of the chauffeur to the wealthy Larabee family. Her childhood crush on David Larabee (William Holden), the playboy younger brother, goes unnoticed until she returns a woman from finishing school in Paris. When David's dalliance with Sabrina places a lucrative business deal at risk, hard-headed elder brother Linus (Humphrey Bogart) steps in and decides to woo her himself.


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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La Vie En Rose 19 Sep 2003
Format:DVD
A Long Island Chauffeurs daughter is desperately in love with the youngest son of the family her father works for. Sent away to Paris for two years (partly to learn how to cook, and partly to cure her infatuation), she returns with a sophisticated new look, and finds that he is now infatuated with her.
As is clear from the above outline, and from the very beginning of the film which starts with the line "Once upon a time there was a little girl...." this film is basically a fairy tale in which Hepburn's Cinderella gets to choose between the two sons of the fabulously wealthy Larrabee family. It features a wonderful cast - William Holden excels as the charming playboy David Larrabee (the original object of Sabrina's affections), and Bogart, somewhat cast against type as a romantic lead, shows a deft touch for comedy as older brother Linus, who attempts to disentangle his brother from Sabrina only to find himself falling for her too.
This is a tale which could easily become mawkish, but is kept from doing so by witty dialogue and wonderful physical comedy (Linus manipulating his brother into sitting down on a champagne glass, and then providing him with a hammock with a strategic hole cut out is my favourite, but there are many such moments). But this is Hepburn's film, and she is magnificent. Her transformation from gawky teenager to sophisticated young woman is entirely convincing, and she never looked lovelier.
Forget Pretty Woman, forget Maid in Manhatten, this film did it first and it did it better. Get a big bar of chocolate, unplug the phone, and sit back and enjoy the most beautiful face ever captured on film.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Cop Bad Cop of Romance and Passion 22 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
A heartwarming visual feast of the upstairs/downstairs variety! A wonderful film that keeps you gripped and runs the gamut of human emotions: Sabrina's virtures contrasted with the snobbery of her own Father; Linus's commitment to work set against Brother David's frivolity; all taking place within a setting that allows for love to be ruled by society and parental ambition. Sabrina shines through with the class that Audrey Hepburn alone can bring, and, in the end you might just warm to Humphrey Bogart!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nostalgic, Charming Little Film. 21 Jan 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Often looked-over for more classic films by Hepburn such as 'Breakfast at Tiffanys' and 'Roman Holiday', 'Sabrina' is a sweet confection of 1950s Hollywood romantic-comedy.

In only her second role, Audrey Hepburn gives a beguiling performance as Sabrina, the daughter of the chauffer to a wealthy family. She is madly in love with one of the brothers in the family, the playboy David, but he barely knows she's alive. Sabrina is then whisked away to Paris to attend a cooking school (what follows is a few comedy sequences with an over-the-top French chef that admittedly is outdated but is still cute) and comes back as... well as Audrey Hepburn as we know her. Chic, sophisticated and elegant. Suddenly David takes notice, completley forgetting his new fiance, and his older brother (legendary Humphrey Bogart) steps in to save the day. Of course he ends up madly in love with Sabrina too.

Audrey sparkles in this, just like she does in most of her films, and even manages to make the relationship with Bogart seem believable (remarkable with the age difference). She is for the first time dressed in costumes by Givenchy, who would of course go on to style Audrey's look until the end of her life. The dress that she wears to the party is still gorgeous 60 years later!

To sum up, a wonderful little romance comedy that is sadly overlooked but will be treasured by Hepburn fans.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La Vie En Rose 10 May 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'd sadly never seen this original version before I bought the DVD, I'd only ever watched the newer harrison ford, greg kinear and julie ormand version. I'm so glad I didn't miss the opportunity of seeing the original. Not only is Audrey Hepburn enchanting, as always, but to see the transformation from sulky, sullen teenager to beautiful woman was worth seeing Billy Wilder's original masterpiece. Nothing could quite compare with the performance of all the cast, the stunning Givenchy outfit and Miss Hepburn's beauty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Isn't it romantic? 1 Oct 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Everybody loves a good Cinderella story, especially if it has a dash of realism and a sense of humour. And unbaked souffles.

And methinks it also helps the case if you have Audrey Hepburn as the modern Cinderella-with-a-wit, which is the strongest point in the charming little romance called "Sabrina." While the chemistry between Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart is never entirely believable, the movie is as buoyant and whimsical as a summer daydream, but with way better dialogue ("Bounce please, ladies").

Sabrina Fairchild (Hepburn) is the daughter of the chauffeur at the palatial Larabee estate. She's also in love with the ne'er-do-well second son, David (William Holden) -- and even attempts suicide after seeing him with one of his many girlfriends, although she's rescued by David's stiff older brother Linus (Humphrey Bogart). The next day Sabrina is sent away to Paris to attend a cooking school, where she meets a kindly old count who teaches her sophistication, ambition and confidence... as well as the ability to make a souffle properly ("A woman happily in love, she burns the souffle. A woman unhappily in love, she forgets to turn on the oven!").

When she returns to the Larabees' estate, the lovelorn little chauffeur's daughter has become a clever sophisticated Parisian beauty (and a pretty good cook). David is instantly smitten. But even if marrying a chauffeur's daughter were okay with his family, Linus has arranged a business marriage for David for the family's newest innovation, which requires large amounts of sugar. And to make sure David doesn't run off with Sabrina, Linus begins wooing her too... and falling in love for real.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hepburn film
One of my favourite 'oldies'. Funny, well written.... and a good storyline (must be. ..The remake with Harrison Ford is just as good).

A good old romcom
Published 1 month ago by TC
4.0 out of 5 stars Sabrina
I chose this rating based on both the movie itself, as well as the video and audio quality of the bluray.
Published 2 months ago by Robert De Bonis
5.0 out of 5 stars Sabrina DVD
Another blast from the past and just as good as it was then. A wonderful trip down memory lane. Romance all the way.
Published 2 months ago by MISS S A AMILLS
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
Wonderful movie, beautiful in blu-ray - well worth the little bit extra. Touching and quirky love story. Brilliant cast and direction.
Published 3 months ago by DoodleinWonderland
5.0 out of 5 stars Sabrina DVD
As a lifetime admirer of Audrey Hepburn, I just had to have this film and it doesn't disappoint. Rather unusual role for Humphrey Bogart I thought but a very enjoyable film which... Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Sabrina
Lovely old film! Predictable plot, but this doesn't matter as it's a classic romance, which is charming and full of great old actors.
Published 3 months ago by Tooda
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely girlie film.
I have always enjoyed this film, and it accidentally got thrown out so I bought another one, which is DVD instead of the old VHS..
Published 3 months ago by burnhambaby
5.0 out of 5 stars Sabrina
A wonderful gift for my Grandaugghter enormous fan of Audrey Hepburn will certainly end up collecting them all before she has finished
Published 4 months ago by margaret biggins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic in pristine condition
This Blu-ray of "Sabrina" shows the film as I remember when I first saw it in a movie theatre, when it was premiered. And the price was just right!
Published 5 months ago by Shigeru Iwamoto
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely DVD
Great old movie. Takes me back to the good old days. Lovely clothes for Audrey Hepburn & enjoyed the scenery.
Humphrey Bogard is a class act. Thoroughly recommended viewing
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Kathleen Ward
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